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Wicomico County Reacts to Idea of Armed Teachers in Schools

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SALISBURY, Md.- We all remember the horrific images from December's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. In light of that tragedy, one school district in Arkansas is putting some of its teachers through handgun training, and arming them for the upcoming school year.

There is already security at schools in Wicomico County. Some say it is enough, but others are on board with the idea of arming teachers inside schools. They say it could help prevent tragedies and protect students. The district disagrees.

While it may be hundreds of miles away, it is a topic that has a lot of people talking.

"I can understand why people want to do that, but I don't think it's a good idea," said Ed East.

"There's too much violence going on, and they're trying to help save the children," noted Hattie Figgs.

"I think it's a big mistake," explained Earl Poole. "I think there's too many guns already in society."

"I believe, in light of the recent events in this country, it's something we should think about, although I don't know that it would be safe, obviously not safe for everyone," said Barbara Stockford.

Keeping schools safe is a top priority for local law enforcement and the board of education. The county's schools are equipped with nine school resource officers.

"One of the things we try to make sure is that, we're law enforcement officers and we provide security for them, where educators are pretty much in a position to help facilitate the daily functions for their students and staff," explained Capt. Babe Wilson with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.

Superintendent Dr. John Fredericksen believes more guns in schools mean more opportunities for accidents.

"If you add a thousand guns to the population, all the schools across America, or 2,000, whatever that number is, you're just really increasing the opportunities for error, even though people are doing their very best to be trained, the focus on the school should be and is on education and learning," he noted.

Prompted by last year's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Fredericksen said virtually all buildings will have secure entrances, with a buzzer and camera system, within the next 12 to 16 months.

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